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Chris Todd Hittinger

April 22, 2015

At a research university, faculty are expected to actively engage in producing and publishing research results. And most faculty are expected to raise the money needed to support their work by writing proposals to federal agencies, foundations and private industry.

Here's how it works. Just down the street from my office in Madison is the Hittinger Lab. In this lab, Assistant Professor Chris Hittinger, a geneticist and Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences, leads a team of researchers, graduate students and undergraduates working to discover new strains of yeast.

WESC Winners

April 21, 2015

Madison, WI – An energy-efficient industrial mixer and a reusable to-go box won top honors at the Wisconsin Energy and Sustainability Challenge, hosted for its third year by the Wisconsin Energy Institute and the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Held during the Earth Day conference at the Monona Terrace on April 20, 2015 the challenge pitted ten student teams in competition to design innovative approaches to energy-related technology and global stewardship, with $13,000 in total prize money awarded.

April 14, 2015

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Under Secretary for Science Franklin “Lynn” Orr visited the Wisconsin Energy Institute (WEI) on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 to learn more about the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s energy research and to do a “deep dive” into the research of the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC).

Housed within WEI, GLBRC is a DOE-funded research center focused on performing the basic research that generates technology to convert cellulosic biomass to ethanol and other advanced biofuels.

Ankur Desai

April 02, 2015

When is a wetland a sink and when is a wetland a source?

That is the question an international team of researchers set out to answer in a new study published online March 23 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Ankur Desai, professor of atmospheric and oceanic sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is one of just a few American scientists involved.

April 02, 2015

Clearing grasslands to make way for biofuels may seem counterproductive, but University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers show in a study today (April 2, 2015) that crops, including the corn and soy commonly used for biofuels, expanded onto 7 million acres of new land in the U.S. over a recent four-year period, replacing millions of acres of grasslands.

Jim Domesic

March 30, 2015

Steenbock and Michel Boudart Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering James A. Dumesic has been awarded a 2015 Vilas Research Professorship, an award that honors UW-Madison faculty who have contributed significantly to the research mission of the university and have attracted national and international recognition for their work. Supported by the estate of former UW-Madison regent and law professor and United States Senator William F. Vilas (1840-1908), the professorship provides each recipient with $50,000 pear year in flexible research funding.  

Bruce Beihoff

March 24, 2015

Researchers at the Wisconsin Energy Institute (WEI) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are developing an industry partnership that promises to create jobs here in Wisconsin.

WEI is working with M-WERC (Mid-West Energy Research Consortium), a Milwaukee-based consortium of researchers and industry representatives focused on the Midwest's energy, power and control industry (EPC), to move its clean energy technologies and innovations out of the lab and into the marketplace more efficiently and with greater impact on local economies.

March 19, 2015

With a highly efficient, powerful, clean-running sled, a group of University of Wisconsin-Madison engineering students took first place in the highly competitive internal combustion division of the 2015 SAE International Clean Snowmobile Challenge.

March 13, 2015

When you discover a new organism, you get to name it — but not for yourself. There are rules to the naming business in biology. You can, however, name it for the sponsor of your research. When Chris Hittinger and his group of yeast researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison found a rather aggressive yeast, it was natural to name it for the fierce carnivore that is the mascot of his home institution: Bucky Badger.

Choi Lab

March 10, 2015

In a study published March 9 in Nature Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison chemistry Professor Kyoung-Shin Choi presents a new approach to combine solar energy conversion and biomass conversion, two important research areas for renewable energy.